We all know that Apple will move to USB-C charging for its iPhones, and most of us expect that to happen in 2023 with the iPhone 15 series. But a new development suggests that Apple may have a dual strategy with this feature as well.
Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple will bring iPhone 15 models with USB-C for charging and data transfer, but there will be a difference in the technology that will be available in the vanilla iPhone 15/15 Plus and iPhone 15 Pro/Pro Max or Ultra.
In a thread of tweets on Thursday, Kuo said that Apple will upgrade its charging capabilities by moving to USB-C and will use its existing suppliers, who will benefit from the move. He also talked about a survey that says the iPhone will ditch the Lightning ports and switch to USB-C next year.
(4/7) The wired transfer speed of new high-end iPhones in 2H23 is likely to improve significantly, benefiting from the growth of the high-speed transfer IC design industry. Existing Apple suppliers (such as Parade, Asmedia, Genesys Logic, Renesas, etc.) are expected to be major beneficiaries. – 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (mingchikuo) November 17, 2022
But he’s quick to point out that only the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max will benefit from the fast data transfer speeds, which means the Pro models get the latest USB-C 3.2 interface. While the regular iPhone 15 and 15 Plus only get the USB 2.0 version of USB-C charging, which offers the same data transfer speeds as the Lighting port.
If these details are correct, Apple is once again giving buyers a tough choice to consider regular iPhones. We’ve already seen Pro models get a 120Hz ProMotion display, the dynamic island made its debut this year and even a new A-chip is only offered on these variants.
Given how Apple has changed its strategy towards its high-end iPhone models, it wouldn’t be surprising to see this become a reality next year.
Either way, we’re glad Apple finally bowed to pressure from the European Union with its recently passed law on common charging ports. Even Apple said it has no choice but to accept the law, which means iPhones will soon migrate to USB-C.
The company may have to apply the same worldwide, and other countries, including India, are finalizing their own set of charging rules that will become official in the near future.
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